Special Reports

  • Collision repairers prefer to get their parts from auto parts retailers (33 percent) with dealerships (24 percent) and jobbers (23) a close second and third option, according to the Aftermarket Business World Collision Shop Study. 
  • Auto service franchises report that auto part quality, not price, is the number 1 need of their customers, according to the Aftermarket Business World 2014 Auto Service Franchise Study.
  • As the average age of U.S. vehicles on the road now exceeds 11 years, a large majority of consumers say they are taking their cars in for regular maintenance, according to the Aftermarket Business World Consumer Attitude Study.
  • In honor of the inaugural “Salute Our Troops” issue, Aftermarket Business World conducted a Veterans’ Attitude Study to explore the purchasing habits and experiences of veterans and active duty military personnel.
  • The deal catapulted Advance to the No. 1 spot in the Aftermarket Business World Top 25 Auto Chain Report with 5,297 company owned stores, 105 WORLDPAC branches and approximately 1,400 independently owned CARQUEST branded stores.
  • More than 50 percent of independent shop owners expect to increase product sales in 2014 while 40 percent expect to sell the same amount, according to the Aftermarket Business World independent shop survey.
  • Resellers said they had a good year in 2013 and most expect to do even better in 2014, according to the Aftermarket Business World reseller product study.
  • The continued support of member growth and profitability top the list of program group goals in 2014, according to respondents to the Aftermarket Business World 2014 Program Distribution Report. 
  •   When it comes to parts purchasing habits, auto repair shop owners and technicians prefer to do business the old-fashioned way rather than through online channels.
  •   Today’s technicians are most likely to buy parts from auto parts retailers, jobbers and warehouse distributors, according to the Aftermarket Business World Technician Attitude Study.
  • Tire dealers are increasingly turning to in-house electronic channels to advertise their products and services, according to the results of the 2013 Aftermarket Business World Tire Dealer Product Study.
  • If you want to keep your business supplying collision repair shops, maintain a good relationship with them, offer a wide array of quality parts and provide fast delivery.
  • The Aftermarket Business World 2013 Consumer Attitude Study Part 2 focused on consumers’ use of online tools to get information and purchase products, as well as their use of social media.
  • Auto service franchises experienced stable or increased sales and gross margins in 2012 and are optimistic about 2013 sales and margins, according to the Aftermarket Business World Auto Service Franchise Study.
  • Optimism abounds in 2013 among resellers as 57 percent said they expect their gross margins to improve this year, according to the Aftermarket Business World Reseller Product Study.
  • Most of the larger aftermarket retailers enjoyed steady growth in 2012 from 2011, according to the Aftermarket Business World Top 40 Auto Chain Report, which is based on store counts.
  •   The sluggish economy has impacted how long consumers plan to keep their vehicles and their likelihood of price shopping for auto parts, according to the Aftermarket Business World Consumer Attitude Study.
  • Selection and price are the lubricating factors behind brisk motor oil sales for McKay Auto Parts in Litchfield, Ill.
  • The mayor of Chicago and executives from Advanstar Communications and Messe Frankfurt introduced Automechanika Chicago, a new trade show that will focus on shop-level training for technicians and product discovery.
  • Right now, the aftermarket sweet spot, defined as those vehicles between six and 12 years old, totals 101.5 million vehicles in the U.S. market.